A couple of months ago, the Internet was buzzing about a lawsuit filed by the actor/writer/producer, actor, and musician/musician, Jason Segel.
The suit alleged that Segel “sued a woman for $1 million” for allegedly using his likeness for commercial purposes.
Now, the judge has ruled that Seel has no right to sue anyone, including a fellow artist.
The judge’s decision to dismiss the suit came during a hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Judge Mark A. Jones ruled that a non-profit organization called the Center for Law and Creative Action had not proven that the use of Segel’s likeness for a commercial purpose violated copyright law.
He also ruled that the alleged use of the actor’s likeness by a noncommercial entity was not an infringement.
Segel was represented by attorneys who said he had never made any claims against the Center.
Seel was not at the hearing.
The Center for Justice was represented in the case by attorney and music composer Peter Stapp, who told EW that he was disappointed with the decision.
“The Court found no basis for a finding of copyright infringement against Segel, which would likely lead to a large payout from the plaintiff, as he did not assert copyright infringement claims in the lawsuit,” Stapp wrote in an email.
“Segel’s suit is not about fair use.
It is about a commercial enterprise, and the very existence of a Center to help others navigate the Copyright Act and other legal avenues in a way that benefits all artists and creators.”
Segel and the Center say they are disappointed in the ruling and are planning to appeal.
The case had been set for trial in August.
We asked the lawyer who is representing Segel for comment.
We’ll update this story if we hear back.
In addition to the lawsuit, Segel also filed a $15 million defamation suit against two other artists and several other websites.
We’ve reached out to the Center, Seel’s attorneys, and a representative for the plaintiffs for comment and will update this post if we receive a response.